Photoshop Top 40, Feature #34: Save for Web (and Devices)

Feature #34: Save for Web (and Devices)

If you take a look at the File menu you'll see a command, about midway down, called "Save for Web & Devices." It's actually two commands. There's the "& Devices" part, which lets you save an image for display on virtually every cell phone except the iPhone. No offense, but if I had to rank this feature, I doubt it'd make my Top 10,000.

But the first part of the command, "Save for Web," that part rocks. It lets you downsample and compress an image for dissemination on the Web. Not to mention jettison all extraneous information and convert the colors to sRGB, the color space of the people. Plus you can compare the Web-optimized image to the original and thereby judge what gets lost in the translation. In other words, Save for Web does everything it can to produce slim, trim, and ultimately beautiful Web graphics. Read more » 

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Photoshop Top 40, Feature #35: Refine Edge

Feature #35: Refine Edge

Over the years, Photoshop has attempted several means for automatically distinguishing one portion of an image (say, a person) from the rest (its background). All have seemed promising at first. And yes, whether it's due to the allure of the tools or our faith in miracles, I do mean all. Yet as we grow wiser, they grow ever more unacceptable. Classic cases in point: The entirely unmagical magic wand. The sluggish and sloppy quick selection tool. And who can forget the ultimate and absolute disappointment of Extract?

But at least two commands have proven that selection automation is possible. Happily, one of them is today's Top 40 Feature: Refine Edge. Read more » 

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Photoshop Top 40, Feature #36: Black & White

Feature #36: Black & White

Today marks the fifth installment of "Photoshop Top 40," the ongoing series that promises to tour you through Photoshop's 40 best features, starting at #40 and eventually working its way up to #1. (Which, assuming I've done my math right, will appear sometime in April of 2010.) Feature #36 is "Black & White," which lets you distill a full-color photograph into the best of all possible black-and-white images, one range of colors at a time. Read more » 

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Photoshop Top 40, Feature #37: The Fill Functions

Feature #37: The Fill Functions

Welcome to the fourth installment of Photoshop Top 40, my classically arranged, reverse-order countdown--from #40 to #1--of the best features in all of Adobe Photoshop. As you have no doubt discerned by now, a single "feature" may comprise a collection of featurettes. As is the case this week with Feature #37: "The Fill Functions." Read more » 

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Photoshop Top 40, Feature #38: Vector Type

Feature #38: Vector Type

Photoshop Top 40 marches on with Feature #38, "Vector Type."

The idea is this: Most everything in Photoshop is made of pixels. Don't get me wrong, pixels are fantastic. For the present, they're the only means we have to render a continuous-tone image in the digital realm. But they are ultimately finite. And they don't respond positively to enlargement.

Type is something altogether different. Read more » 

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